Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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world-class

10,387 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,387
Reviews: 3,402
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 357
Gots: 1,587 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of msanborn
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of depechemode1983
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

apperance-pitch black in color. medium tan head

smell- pungent, mollases, sour smelling...light alcohol

taste- coffee high malt flavor with light hops.

mouthfeel-semi thick low carbonation mouthfeel somewhat creamy

notes- a very strong beer. not something i would make a session beer. a good brew to have every now and then im my opinion.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't see any appreciable bottling date on the bottle, but I can definitely attest that this bottle is AT LEAST 14 months old, based on the date I bought it and subsequent cellaring. I'd probably guess it was more around 18 months, however.

A: Jet black in color with a creamy, thick, and slow-to-recede chocolate milkshake colored head. It retains quite well, with a relatively thick layer of foam retaining atop throughout in my large bowl snifter.

S: Very rich bittersweet chocolate, some light coffee, dark fruit notes, some vanilla. Quite rich and invigorating.

T&M: With age the hops have mellowed out substantially, revealing a very complex and excellent stout. Flavor starts with a confluence of dark chocolate covered black cherries, raisins, and other dark fruits before segueing into a pleasant roasted malt component. Finish is long, distinct, and savory and features espresso, dark chocolate, burnt black malt, and all kinds of wonderful dark flavors. Quite pleasant. Body is full and a tad bit oily (yet also creamy) with a restrained carbonation that just tickles the tongue.

D: Rather quaffable considering the ABV and body. This is definitely one to age, considering the sharp hoppiness when it's young.

Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of aliving1
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of SavageHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of JesseLara
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jkd03c
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of C_S
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Rock solid black, with the slightest edge of brown transparency, building up a full tan head that is extraordinarily persistent. The lacing literally coats the glass to start, leaving a pattern down the glass.

S - Dark fruits and chocolate, hops in the form of floral notes, and a strong hit of alcohol.

T - Following the nose, the start is plum and raisin, with bittersweet chocolate. There is a distinct rise of hop bitterness in the middle, along with hints of toasted bread. The close fades back to black coffee acidity, a bit of char, and a hint of citrus zest.

M - The feel is slick and full, while the warmth in the close is a reminder that this is an imperial stout, a heavy hitter.

O - Old Raspy delivers a robust RIS experience, without barrels. It uses fairly robust hopping, to great effect, and avoids the mistake of some hoppy stouts by fully integrating the hop into the stout elements of roasted malts.

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of loverofthecraft
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brian700
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again another beer I got from nflmvp a few days ago.

This one pours dark black with a brown head that doesn't leave to much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is of coffee, black patent, bitter chocolate, alcohol.

The flavor is chocolate and coffee mixed whith alcohol and plum. There is a nice alcohol warming but it isn't as chewy as I thought it would be.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. It is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer especially for an imperial stout. Definately worth picking up.

Photo of RWACKO
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of leaversuch
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of TGanyone
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of BryanCDM
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful stout. Nicely balanced, one thing I really like (or dislike) about stouts is the roastedness of the beers body. This one was not too roasted, but it had enough bitterness to warm me up on a single digit western New England evening. Highly drinkable at %9

Purchased as a 4-pack for $8.00, a good deal. There are so many good stouts out there, I feel that this category is going to become a much more scrutinized category.

Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black-brown with only the slightest red hue when held up to the light. Thick bubbly brown head with good retention.

Dark chocolate, coffee, nutty, and roasted caramel/toffee aroma..

Somewhat mellow and understated for the style, but still a full-flavored brew. The citrus hops are the first thing I notice, along with the full and complex malts. Bitter chocolate and coffee with healthy, but not overpowering alcohol flavors.

Creamy but somewhat syrupy full-bodied mouthfeel. This is probably the most drinkable RIS I've tasted too, since the flavors are so subdued and there is almost no bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish black color with a 1 finger creamy, dark tan head that settles quickly and leaves beautiful tan lacing along the glass.

Smells of licorice, roasted malt, with some alcohol noticeable. Also some notes of coffee and bitter chocolate and a slight spiciness all come through in the nose.

Hops really come through in the taste. Also present are hints of coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, licorice and a roasted nut profile. Alcohol can be detected on the way down but does not overpower the flavor.

Exceptionally smooth with a medium amount of carbonation. Highly drinkable but the alcohol can sneak up on you fast if you're not careful with this one. Overall this is a nicely balanced RIS and a great interpretation of the style.

Photo of jivex5k
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,387 ratings.